New Baby Theres an App for that

New Baby? There’s an App for that!

May 31, 2023 Women

You already know your smartphone is great for taking pictures of your beautiful new baby (and sharing those pics with all your friends and family). But, do you know which baby apps to download for expert advice that’s available 24/7?! We do! We’ve sifted through a bazillion free baby apps to find the best ones to share with you – ok, maybe not a bazillion, but it was a LOT!

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Glow Baby Growth Tracker

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Log memories and milestones with this newborn tracker app for new parents. Glow Baby helps you track your baby’s sleep schedule, feeding, diapers, daily activities, and more.

Cost: Free

Baby Feeding Log

If you need something simple to track breastfeeding, bottle feeds, sleep and diaper changes, this app is a good bet. You can use it with one hand, which is handy when you’re holding your baby in your arms. You can also email yourself a report as a pdf file.

Cost: Free

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My Pregnancy & Baby Today

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Baby Today

From, this app guides moms through pregnancy and offers support during baby’s first year. With a feeding guide that provides breastfeeding, formula tips, a solid food tracker, articles and videos on infant health and tips on baby care, this app gets two thumbs up! There’s some fun there too — a photo album to document your baby’s growth and milestones. If you’re wondering “Is it normal?”, there are answers to your important questions too.

Cost: Free

Sprout – Baby Tracker

This app can help you track all your little ones at once! The tracking features include sleep, growth,
breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, pumping, diapers and immunizations. There is also a medical records tool that helps you keep track of your baby’s doctor visits and the medications your baby is taking. One especially nice aspect is that you can time and record nursing sessions with one hand and share records and updates with your healthcare provider and others.

Cost: Free

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WebMD Baby

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Recommended by Consumer Reports Magazine, this one’s a winner! Track your baby’s growth, feeding, sleep and diapers and have access to hundreds of doctor approved articles, videos and tips about child development and health. Put together a baby book and share it in real time with friends and family. A nice feature is that the tracker tools can sync with several devices so your partner or caregiver can also use it.

Cost: Free


Side-Lying Hold

  1. For the right breast, lie on your right side with your baby facing you.
  2. Pull your baby close. Your baby’s mouth should be level with your nipple.
  3. In this position, you can cradle your baby’s back with your left arm and support yourself with your right arm and/or pillows.
  4. Keep loose clothing and bedding away from your baby.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Cross-Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, use your left arm to hold your baby’s head at your right breast and baby’s body toward your left side. A pillow across your lap can help support your left arm.
  2. Gently place your left hand behind your baby’s ears and neck, with your thumb and index finger behind each ear and your palm between baby’s shoulder blades. Turn your baby’s body toward yours so your tummies are touching.
  3. Hold your breast as if you are squeezing a sandwich. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  4. As your baby’s mouth opens, push gently with your left palm on baby’s head to help them latch on. Make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Clutch or “Football” Hold

  1. For the right breast, hold your baby level, facing up, at your right side.
  2. Put your baby’s head near your right nipple and support their back and legs under your right arm.
  3. Hold the base of your baby’s head with your right palm. A pillow underneath your right arm can help support your baby’s weight.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Bring baby to you instead.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, cradle your baby with your right arm. Your baby will be on their left side across your lap, facing you at nipple level.
  2. Your baby’s head will rest on your right forearm with your baby’s back along your inner arm and palm.
  3. Turn your baby’s tummy toward your tummy. Your left hand is free to support your breast, if needed. Pillows can help support your arm and elbow.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Laid-Back Hold

  1. Lean back on a pillow with your baby’s tummy touching yours and their head at breast level. Some moms find that sitting up nearly straight works well. Others prefer to lean back and lie almost flat.
  2. You can place your baby’s cheek near your breast, or you may want to use one hand to hold your breast near your baby. It’s up to you and what you think feels best.
  3. Your baby will naturally find your nipple, latch, and begin to suckle.

This hold is useful when: